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The world champion wrestler Bajrang Punia has finally fought back from his 0-6 defeat in the semi final and added one more feather to his hat. The ace Indian grappler Punia claimed a bronze medal on his name at World Wrestling Championships 2019 against Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia. The Indian showed his prowess in front of the lively audience of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 65-kg bronze medal bout. The 25-year-old genius wrestler thrashed the Mongolian star by 8-7 margin in the closely-contested match.

After winning the bronze medal bout at ongoing World Wrestling Championships 2019, Punia immediately took to Twitter and posted a caption, “sometimes defeat teaches you something which even a victory cannot. I will not consider this bronze medal as a victory for myself but will use it as an inspiration to face upcoming challenges. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat,”

Apart from Punia, one more exceptional grappler Ravi Kumar Dahiya added a medal in Indian tally. The 20-year-old young wrestler beat Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi in his first World Wrsetling Championships tournament. He became the second Indian male wrestler after Bajrang Punia who clinched a bronze medal at an ongoing prestigious tournament. Ravi flattened the Iranian freestyle wrestler Reza with the scoreline of 6-3 in order to register his maiden bronze medal at World Wrestling Championships 2019.

Both Ravi Kumar and Bajrang Punia lost their respective bouts in the semi-final round at the glitzy tournament. When on one side, experienced grappler Punia fell short against local lad Daulet Niyazbekov, Kumar on the other, shocked by Zavur Uguev of Russia in the semis by 4-6 verdict. However, the Indian mates already booked their seats for Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.

Ravi Kumar secured his seat in the semifinals after beating former World Champion Yuki Takahashi in quarter-finals. He stunned the Japanese star by 6-1 margin in the 57-kg weight category. While Punia made his way to the semifinals after defeating North Korean grappler Jong Son in the 65 kg category at quarterfinals. He outplayed the Korean star by 8-1 margin.

India is now reigning with three medals in total at Nur-Sultan along with Vinesh Phogat also winning the bronze in women’s 53kg category.